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Injured Soldier Raises £1,477 For Charity

Wednesday February 27 2013

Ben Parkinson Ben Parkinson

A SOLDIER who survived horrific injuries in Afghanistan joined members of the Barnsley Parachute Regimental Association to collect money for charity at Asda.

Ben Parkinson came to the Old Mill Lane store, and raised an impressive £1,477 for his own charity which is designed to help him and create awareness of other seriously injured soldiers.

Paratrooper Ben lost both legs and suffered brain injuries after driving over a mine in Afghanistan in September 2006.

He stayed in a coma for months, but then made a miraculous recovery against all odds.

"It's no problem. I'm getting better, and it could have been worse, it could have been one of my mates,” he said.

A spokesman for the Parachute Association on the day said: "Ben is a total inspiration and we would like to thanks everyone at Asda and all the customers for showing him their support and donating so generously."

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Reply Posted by Wendy on Wednesday February 27 2013 at 11:24
Well Done Ben !!

Reply Posted by Cathy on Wednesday February 27 2013 at 14:31
What an inspirational young man. Well done Ben, you are working so hard to help others, you restore my faith in human nature. Your family must be very proud, I realise they are working hard along side you too. What a wonderful family.